By Mark Reaman
The Crested Butte Town Council will hold a two-hour public meeting to discuss the proposed Brush Creek housing project on Thursday, October 5 at the Center for the Arts. The idea of the 6 p.m. meeting is to disperse information on the proposal and also gather viewpoints from the public to help determine the direction of town comments when it comes to the Gunnison County review process.
Mayor Glenn Michel will open the meeting and set the tone of the gathering. Town staff will then give an overview of the proposal and open the session to public comment.
Houston developer Gatesco is proposing to construct 240 rental units on the 14-acre property and deed-restrict about two-thirds of the units.
“We will use flip charts to record the comments and then transcribe them to be used as part of our comments to the county during the process,” explained town manager Dara MacDonald.
She said all of the partners that helped purchase the property and signed the 1998 memorandum of agreement (MOA) are aware of the meeting and are welcome to attend. They include the town of Mt. Crested Butte, the county, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
“We don’t want to exclude any of the partners,” said councilman Chris Ladoulis.
“This meeting is a tool to inform the town’s comments on the sketch plan,” said MacDonald.
“We want the meeting to be informational and civil,” added Michel. “We are looking for reasoned arguments about the development. It should be clear that we won’t have all the answers on this project on Thursday.”
“The sketch plan process is meant to raise questions for the developer,” said MacDonald. “This meeting will help do that.”
The meeting will begin at six o’clock at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts and will be broadcast live over KBUT.